Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP); the name is a bit of a mouthful and makes it sound quite complex but when you break it down, it makes sense. Created in the 1970’s by Richard Bandler and John Grinder, it is essentially an approach to communication and personal development, used to describe the connection between the language we use (linguistic) and the mind (neuro), and how their effects change our behavior (programming). In other words, NLP is like learning to become fluent in the language of your mind.


Think of it as a “user’s manual” for the brain, showing us how to communicate with our unconscious mind so it finally understands what we are actually asking for and want. Let’s use an example: have you ever travelled somewhere and didn’t speak the language? Ordering in a restaurant can be order the steak and instead you get the liver special? Something was lost in translation.

This example is similar to the kind of relationship many of us have with our unconscious mind. We think we are “ordering” more money, a happy relationship, and the ability to follow a healthy diet, but that isn’t happening. Again, something is being lost in translation. Your unconscious mind is getting you what you are asking for – the problem is you are not communicating your desires effectively. And until you get it right, you will keep getting that liver special.

Like other techniques in the world of self-help, NLP works from the starting point that you may not have much control in your life, but you can always take control of what goes on in your head. Your thoughts, feelings, and emotions are not things that are, or that you have, but things that you do. Their causes can come from many areas, including parents, experiences or presently, the internet, and can be very complicated. NLP shows that we can take back control of our mind. We can change the way we think and feel about the past and the fears associated with that.

The principle of NLP is a collection of practical techniques, skills and strategies designed to help us understand our mind, how we came to think and behave the way we do, and reprogram the way we process information - so it leads to more successful behavior. It also helps us see ways we have been successful in the past, and determine how we can easily and efficiently repeat that success in other areas of our life. We may not be able to control the world, but we can control how we react to it.

1.) NLP was created by:

  1. A.   Oliver Stone and Steven Spielberg
  2. B.    Nikola Tesla and Marie Curie
  3. C.    Richard Bandler and John Grinder
  4. D.   George Washington and Teddy Roosevelt
  5. E.    Stephen Hawking and Carl Sagan

2.) The word Neuro in NLP means:

  1. A.   Behavior
  2. B.    Words
  3. C.    Language
  4. D.   Brain activity
  5. E.    Mind


3.)  NLP is like a “user’s manual” for the brain in that:

  1. A.   It instructs us how to order from a menu
  2. B.    It teaches us how to read
  3. C.    It can make our subconscious mind do what we want it to do
  4. D.   It shows us how to communicate with our subconscious mind
  5. E.    We can learn how to speak a different language


4.)  An obstacle that keeps us from getting what we want is that we are not communicating with our mind efficiently.

  1. A.   True
  2. B.    False


5.)  NLP reprograms the way we behave.

  1. A.   True
  2. B.   False